2020 Prescribed Grazing

Last Updated: 02/16/2021

Goats grazing on invasive species.
Goats grazing on invasive species.


The goats have completed their 2020 grazing at City of Madison parks locations. The Parks division is currently reviewing the prescribed grazing program and the potential for utilization in parks. 


This spring and fall the City of Madison Parks Division will conduct prescribed grazing trials to manage invasive species and promote the establishment of native vegetation. This prescribed grazing will include the use of goats, confined to specific targeted areas, to manage and suppress invasive vegetation. Grazing is an important management tool for natural areas, and a key component of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan. Advantages to grazing include reducing the need for chemical control methods, minimizing erosion risks, and improved access to difficult terrain.

Grazing will occur after comprehensive planning and under conditions which are conducive to a safe and manageable operation. Periods of grazing will occur in the spring and again in the fall of 2020, with exact timing to depend on weather conditions, analysis of existing vegetation, and management goals.

Additional Information


 Conservation Sites

Please contact Paul Quinlan at (608) 267-4918

  • Acewood Conservation Park 
  • Turville Point Conservation Park


Park Sites

Please contact Sarah Close at (608) 263-6850

  • Greenside Park